Marquette Hosts Butler At 1 p.m. CT Saturday
Jan. 30, 2015
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Marquette-Butler Series Full Of History
Marquette owns a slim 16-15 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1922-23 campaign.
MU claimed the first-ever meeting 18-17 on Dec. 16, 1922, only to see the Bulldogs claim the next nine matchups. Marquette also collected a nine-game win streak between 1942 and 1990, with the last two contests during that run coming when both programs were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
Following Marquette’s move to the Great Midwest Conference in 1991-92, the two teams wouldn’t meet until Butler beat the Golden Eagles at the buzzer in the opening game of the 2012 Maui Invitational. MU would return the favor in the 2013 NCAA tournament, downing the Bulldogs 74-72 in the closing seconds to earn a trip to the squad’s third-straight Sweet 16 appearance.
In the most recent matchup, a 69-62 win on Feb. 4, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, MU rallied from a 10-point second half deficit thanks to 17 points each from forward Jamil Wilson and guard Todd Mayo.
Derrick Wilson Stuffing The Box Score
Senior guard Derrick Wilson, who collected his first career dunk against Georgetown, has been stuffing the box score in a number of areas since the beginning of BIG EAST play.
The team’s latest outing against Seton Hall was a perfect illustration of Wilson’s impact in league play. In 31 minutes of action against the Pirates, he chipped in 10 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and a pair of steals. Wilson shot 4-of-6 from the floor and turned the ball over just twice.
In league action, the Anchorage, Alaska native is contributing 6.1 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 54.1 percent (20-of-37) from the floor.
MU Offense At Its Best When Working Together
The Golden Eagles assisted on 26 of their 28 made field goals against Seton Hall on Wednesday night, marking a season high in assisted baskets and continuing a season-long trend.
Through games of Jan. 29, Marquette is ranked third in the BIG EAST Conference and 24th in the nation in assists per game (15.7). Against the Pirates, seven of the eight players to see action had at least one assist and senior guard Derrick Wilson paced the team with eight helpers.
Over the course of the first 20 games, the Golden Eagles are ranked fifth in the nation in the percentage (.654) of assists per made field goals.
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